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Group status: The medal winners may have been announced but we will continue to read, meet and discuss our thoughts on the books until the end of term. The general consensus was that Salt to the Sea was a deserving winner and definitely the group favourite.

Some of our ECS Carnegie Shadowing Group members

... We were divided over the Greenaway Medal - there were so many beautifully illustrated books that choosing an outright favourite proved more difficult.

The Bone Sparrow by Maddie
I thought that The Bone Sparrow is a wonderfully created book with a lovely message and brilliant storytelling. I hated the detention centre but I lo . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sian
Wolf Hollow was a very creative and at some times gruesome book. I found that the ending was very quick (the characters die and then it's over.) But o . . .
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The Marvels by Sian
The Marvels is definitely better told in pictures than in words. From my understanding it is about a boy who survives a sea storm and is left on the s . . .
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The Journey by Sian
I think this book deserved what it got for all its hard work. It definitely showed you in its illustrations that they they were trapped. . . .
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Wild Animals of the North by Sian
I didn't like this one, mostly because I don't like fact style but the illustrations just didn't suck me in. So I didn't really understand how the boo . . .
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Sian
I didn't like the illustrations in this book. they just weren't how I had imagined them from the original book. . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Sian
A great big cuddle wasn't one of my favourite Greenaway books, but the illustrations made it amusing to read. . . .
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Tidy by Sian
Tidy is an amusing book with wonderfully drawn illustrations. I don't think it would be the same without its pictures. (the last page in particular.) . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Sian
There is a Tribe of Kids is a book about collective nouns and a boy who is trying to find his place in different groups of animals. I found its messag . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sam
I loved this book, so much so that I didn't return it for days after I had finished it. I loved that this book, the way that Betty Glengarry dies, so . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Bobbie
Wolf hollow made a lot of sense to me unlike a lot of other books but it didn't really have enough different characters. Annabelle (the main character . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Bobbie
I absolutely loved bone sparrow. It had a lot of interesting people who were all different and unique in every way. The selection of people were satis . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Evie
I don't like wolf hollow I found it so easy to imagine the gruesome bits it gave me night mares!!!!!!! Don't read this book I never ever ever got int . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Samuel
I don't think that this book should have won the Carnegie medal, but I liked it all the same, I like that all the narrators slowly met throughout the . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sian
This book left me in the middle of many thoughts. Which changed constantly from chapter to chapter. At first my thoughts were confused and asked many . . .
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The Marvels by Sabrina
This is my favourite book because it makes you want to carry on. It's about a boy called Joseph who runs away and ends up being with his uncle. His un . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sam
I think this is a very good book, and that the four narratives make it quite mysterious, I do like the ending and that it bought all the narrators tog . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Grace
Wolf Hollow was a very interesting book. It's a bit slow moving at the beginning but then quite a lot of things start happening. It gets slightly grue . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Hannah
I know you may have heard this 1000 times, but, I liked this book. It was a very funny poem book. I loved the illustrations, and that many were carto . . .
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Tidy by Sabrina
Tidy is probably my favourite Kate Greenaway book. I like the way it keeps going. I found it clever how it rhymed and I also liked the way it shows yo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sam
I think this book started slow and then got quicker, I loved the way that Jimmie needed Subhi to read her book, and he needs her to stop him going mad . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Felicity
I really enjoyed this book. It is all about four different characters: Joana, Floian, Emilia and Alfred. It is based in World War Two and the terrible . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Felicity
I liked this book because when you turn the page it has a lovely picture with different collective nouns about different animals. It was a very happy . . .
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The Journey by Felicity
This is book is a bit like Bone Sparrow, but in Bone Sparrow the characters have already made the journey out of a country. In this book the character . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Felicity
I really enjoyed Bone Sparrow. It is all about a boy who lives in a detention centre. He is called Subhi. He lives with his mother and sister, Queeny. . . .
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Tidy by Felicity
I really like this book. It sends a really good message about keeping places tidy... but not too tidy. I love the end where all the animals get togeth . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Felicity
I really like a Great Big Cuddle. It is a lovely book. My favourite poem is Angry. The illustrations are beautiful. I would say it is one of those b . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Evie
Stars at Oktober bend I would not recommend. The fact that Alice does not use capital letters and Manny does! Alice has a injury that has altered he . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Samuel
I found this book really funny all the way through, I really liked the idea of a reverse grenade. I like that it all ties together in the end. I w . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Samuel
I loved this book and I also like the way the book (when narrated by Alice) it had no capital letters. I think this reflects how she thinks, what I al . . .
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Tidy by Hannah
I adored the way this book taught young children a valuable lesson that nothing is ever perfect! It was also a good book for older children, and it i . . .
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Wild Animals of the North by Samuel
I loved this book, the illustrations as well as the information on the animals. I think that the way the detail is not just on the animal, but on the . . .
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The Wolves of Currumpaw by Maddie
I actually thought that The Wolves of Currumpaw was very sad! I think it should have won an award!!! I liked it a lot and I give it 5/5!! The pictures . . .
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Daniel
I think Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has amazing illustrations. Although I was expecting it to be illustrated by Jonny Duddle. I like most . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Maddie
The book was very sweet and the poems were either very funny or very cute. Some of them are toungue-twisters, but the rest are very good poems. . . .
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Tidy by Maddie
Tidy was very good and I liked that when he had made everything wrong, he realized that it wasn't the forest that was wrong, it was the concrete. Then . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sian
I find Wolf Hollow a very interesting book. I like the fact it grips you all the way through. One thing that made me slightly confused was the fact t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Maddie
I actually thought Sputnik was a really good book. It was very funny and I especially liked it when Sputnik turned the lightsaber on!! That bit was ex . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by William
This was a very disappointing book. The book as a whole didn't fit together and it felt somewhat unfinished. Although I do not think it is a good bo . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Rowan
I love this book, the illustrations are perfect. I felt like they told a story in themselves. I like the boy who wanted to be someone else which puts . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alice
The reason I liked Bone Sparrow was that it made you want to read on. You didn't know what would happen next and you wanted to know whether the outcom . . .
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The Journey by Sabrina
I'm not sure if I like this book. I like the book but I don't like the pictures. The pictures reminded me of Mullan but I don't know why. I think tha . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sabrina
I found this book ok but it sounded a bit random at the beginning. I liked the way the author described the characters and what they were like. It mad . . .
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The Marvels by Maddie
The Marvels was so beautifully portrayed as a play in the start I couldn't tell it wasn't real. It was wonderfully created and I found it really sad w . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Eva
Bone Sparrow was a great book but I didn't like the detention centre because they didn't treat the people very well. I liked the part when Jimmie vis . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sian
This book was very confusing until the end few chapters. Some people think he is a dog but two people know that he is an alien from outer space. I did . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Bobbie
A Great Big Cuddle was an enjoyable little book. I thought it would be an actual story but it was actually a bunch of fascinating poems which I reall . . .
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Railhead by Maddie
Okay, I just didn't like this book. I know the idea of 'the future' sounds really cool when said to you but it's not. I found it really boring and I d . . .
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The Journey by Alice
I really enjoyed this book although it was also a sad and moving story. The pictures worked well with the story and were easy to read even without the . . .
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The Journey by Eva
I think that the journey is a very good book but it is a bit sad at the start. I think it will win. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Bobbie
I loved salt to the sea. It kept me entertained for the weekend. At the start it was a little hard to understand because everyone was talking about . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eva
I really liked Wolf Hollow because it had a lot of mystery and horror in it I liked the bit when Betty gets lost down a well and when Toby rescues her . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Isabella
I really enjoyed this book, it is a great children's book and the illustrations are gorgeous. The words go really well with the story. I think it wil . . .
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The Marvels by Isabella
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! This is a book all about Joseph and he ran away from his boarding school and his parents were in Hong Kong so he went to his uncl . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Isabella
I think Sputnik was a great book it is the second book I have read and compared to Wolf Hollow it was exciting. I think it would be more engaging i . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by sabrina
I really really hated this book because I didn't understand it. At first I thought that this book was all about I eat more than mum which was really w . . .
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The Wolves of Currumpaw by William
Before I even open this book I am just overcome by such creativity coming from this beautiful work of art. I have read another of William Grill's book . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by William
This is the first Greenaway book I have read this year so I wasn't too sure what to expect. The Greenaway award is about the illustrations and the cov . . .
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Railhead by William
Before I started reading this book I thought I would not like it as I am not fond of sci-fi, however I was pleasantly surprised and I enjoyed it. It i . . .
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The Journey by Isabella
I think The Journey is a great story for children aged six to eight year old. It gives an idea about the war and how everyone was so desperate to get . . .
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The Marvels by Samuel
I absolutely loved this book, and I thought the order of picture and word based stories worked well as the pictures left you to wonder, until the word . . .
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Railhead by Cosmo
This book interested me. The author's skill in world-building is evident from the off. The world is incredibly well realised. It lives and breathes in . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Anya
I find that this book is very emotional and moving, I really makes you realise how awful the situations that the refugees are going through. I says th . . .
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The Wolves of Currumpaw by Bobbie
It was a very quick story for me but I know other people will have different opinions. It was quite complex and hard to understand but as the story ca . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Evie
This book is great if you have patience, if you don't this is not for you. It's set in 2000 in the summer. Sputnik is a very crazy alien (puppy) . . .
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Wild Animals of the North by Rowan
I love this book and I felt the author Dieter Braun has really linked the words with the pictures. There are really some beautiful pictures. I did f . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Samuel
This book is of its own genre, I feel that it manages to be somewhat deep and shallow at the same time, it cannot really be compared to other books. . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Bobbie
I really enjoyed this a book and I loved the illustrations. I love anything to do with animals and this book was full of them including; penguins, jel . . .
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The Journey by Bobbie
This was a very interesting book with fascinating drawings that almost told the story themselves, I have no idea how Frances a Shanna came up with thi . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Isabella
This book was okay but it was a bit slow moving with every single detail although it was a reliable source of information. It is set in Wolf Hollow n . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Rowan
I have just read There is a Tribe of Kids and the art is beautiful. The words go really well with the drawings and I think it will be hard to compare . . .
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Railhead by Samuel
I absolutely loved this book because it is very futuristic and yet mysterious read, I think that some people would find it confusing if they aren't in . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Felicity
This book made me cry. Honestly it did! It is such a moving book. I don't want to give much away but it is a story about a boy who lives in a detentio . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Cassia
The book was fun but it got a bit boring at times. Close to the end I got a bit excited and finished it in no time. Sputnik was my favourite character . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maddie
Wolf Hollow is a really good book. I like Toby and Annabelle, and the search for Betty. It is really nice and I like the setting of the school and the . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Felicity B
I found that the book Wolf Hollow was very moving and had a really beautiful story. I liked the voice of Betty; it reminded me of Miss Pratchett in t . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Hannah
This is a great book. It teaches you some of the collective nouns. The illustrations are extraordinary - they are beautiful. I like the way the boy ac . . .
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The Journey by Hannah
I absolutely loved this book. The author is very expressive. This book is about migration. A mother and 2 children migrate to another country. They c . . .
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Railhead by Bobbie
It definitely wasn't the best book I ever read but it did have a lot of interesting creatures like; motoriks, bluebodys, Guardians, hive monks and eve . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Hannah
I loved this book. My favourite character was Sputnik. The author was very imaginative and I would recommend this book to people with an age range . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rowan
I have just been reading Salt to the Sea, it is amazing and so far the best book I have read. I love how there is a sentence which is said by each of . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Alice
I enjoyed Wolf Hollow because the plot was fast moving and exciting. From the start you could tell that Betty wasn't a nice character which made you w . . .
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Wolf Hollow by William
I think this book is an enchanting read, which is good as it is my first book in this year's shortlist. I didn't know what to expect but I was pleas . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Katie
I found this book intriguing. It starts you off with a powerful sentence - The year I turned 12, I learned how to lie. Even this on its own this wou . . .
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St. Leonard's C of E Primary School
Exeter, Devon
Carpe Diem
Exeter,
Fantastic Foxes
Exeter, Devon
West Exe School
Exeter, Devon
Who is your favourite character in Salt to the Sea?

Joana
50% (1 vote)

Heinz (the shoe poet)
50% (1 vote)

 
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